Earth Day Fair

Earth Day was established in 1970 when the public became increasingly concerned about the current state of the environment. 

The Earth Day Fair has been a tradition at W&J since 2019.

In April 2020 and April 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fair was brought online for a week. It focused on educating the W&J community about sustainability topics, student and faculty environmental work, and encouraged participation in celebrating Earth Day.

Student & Faculty Blogs

Students and faculty have contributed over 50+ blogs dedicated to celebrating Earth Day. Topics range from conservation to environmental justice issues, and they touch upon personal experiences or passion for a subject.

Does Sustainable Fashion Exist?

Written by Erin Herock So what is “sustainable fashion”? Sustainable fashion focuses on ethical, low-carbon production all the way up to the distribution of it. It is also referred to as “slow fashion”. Essentially the supply chain is as clean, efficient, and...

The Role of Nature & Mental Health

Written by Cathy Petchel There is a strong body of research confirming that direct contact with nature or even viewing scenes of nature, increases mental health and psychological and spiritual development. One of the most intriguing areas of current research is the...

Alumni Highlight – Caitlin Glagola ‘13

I have been drawn to nature and the sciences since a young kid, so it only felt natural to earn my bachelor’s degree in Biology when I attended W&J (way back in 2009-2013!). Although it seemed like an easy choice in the beginning of what major I would choose, it...

Ecofeminism – what it is & why you should care

My name is Marcy Saldivar and I want to shed light on ecofeminism. I am a feminist and I actively study and advocate for all marginalized communities. My sister has Down syndrome which has motivated my interest in disability studies. As I studied these topics and...

Eco-Backyard: Composting & Planting Trees

Written by Robert Dunn One of the more important environmental actions we take in our household is to compost as much of our food waste as possible and nearly all of the leaves that fall in our yard each year. Almost seven years ago we started a compost pile in our...

An Experiment on Hydroponic Gardening

Written by Savannah Keough Science became an interest of mine growing up because of its ever changing nature. When you are young, you are drawn to things that are interesting and new so naturally I was peaked by science experiments in my biology and chemistry classes....

The Imaginary Man behind the Curtain: Why Trying to Find an “Authentic Experience” as a Tourist Will Likely Leave You Disappointed

Written by Nickolas Bartel Imagine you are walking around campus and a prospective student touring were to ask you for a list of things to do to have an authentic W&J experience in a day. It would be quite challenging to do to boil the entire student experience...

Wildlife Conservation: Zoos and Sanctuaries

Written by Julia Plasynski   Recently, there has been a mass amount of hype surrounding the new Netflix series, Tiger King. This has led to opinions circulating social media sites about how ANY type of zoo, sanctuary, or enclosure with animals is unethical and...

Nothing Is Sweeter Than Honey

Written by Selena Easley   I was expecting nothing less from my study abroad experience in Heredia, Costa Rica than for it to be one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. However, I was not anticipating that this program would change my future. As...

The Killing of Africa’s Wildlife

Written by Claude Irankunda Challenges More animals like elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs are dying from poaching than from natural causes because their body parts are being traded illegally trophies and traditional medicine. This is a very serious issue because...

Student Creative Pieces

Students wrote poems, short stories, and created art centered around celebrating the earth.

Title: “Tenacity”

Artist: Lena DiFulvio

Medium: Pencil on paper

“Tenacity,” at first glance, seems simply to be a human hand holding a tree, its roots spread about, reaching for the unseen earth below. A butterfly perches on the hand, its size taking hold of our gaze. Is this a work depicting beautiful human interaction with the Earth, providing fertile ground for its life to flourish upon, or is the tree in the image is being mercilessly uprooted, a symbol of human destruction and carelessness? Just as we must decide how we treat our planet, it is up to us to assign meaning to this piece. (April 2021)

Mother Nature

Written by Hannah Robart To know what Mother Nature knows To see the beauty that she holds.  Everything we have We owe to her.  So why do we choose not to love A mother that has given us so much? One day, I think we’ll see That our mother will not take this disrespect...

La Selva

Written by Marcy Saldivar |   A summer-morning cicada choir sings, The green iguanas jump between treetops,  A scarlet macaw opens rainbow wings, Dim light contrasts the glowing eyes of crocs. At dawn, a herd of peccaries run home,  Capuchins play a game of tag...

What’s the word?

Written by Chibuike Ugwu | Johnny is a special boy, He can talk to animals, which brings him joy, Johnny went to south china to see Mr. Tiger,  But he was sad to see his Ambush was getting lighter. Johnny decided to go to Kenya to greet Mrs. Rhino, But he noticed the...

Ode to the Mojave

Written by Ostin Woodfin | Wind burns the edges of the ear, in return for its words. The secrets of the desert are held in the words of the wind, the screams, the tears, the laughter, the silence. The Mojave is a home to many, including myself, the blood in my veins...

Our oceans don’t have a voice

Written by Benjamin Simon | Our oceans cover the majority of the planet But they are far from the infinite resource Like we so often treat it as They’re made up of a number of ecosystems The arctic Coral reefs And mangroves to name a few They’re home to top predators ...

Sightless Description

Written by Stephanie Shugerman Close your eyes and walk. The heat of the sun beats on your shoulders; a glow creeping through your body, warmth from the top of your head to your bare toes on the ground. Wind swirls around your body, fluttering your shirt, the soft...